- Sep 22, 2017
- Reaction score
In the Thursday evening matches the club had ,The cream of the Northwest fished them including some England Internationals Ashurt,Addy,Lucas,Byrne
It can take 12 months to crack a venue with variousbaita,tactics and pegs,It is best to pick one close to where you live in order to get down there and practice as often as possible and get used to its different cycles.
As I said before, stick to one or just two venues where the successful methods are much the same and get used to those venues before becoming a pools donor . . . ,
So is Harry Billing, he moved down south from north west, won a fair few quid when he was there,I think I could fish for 3 years every day and I wouldn't be as good as Jamie Hughes, the man's unbelievable
Last year I decided to join club competitions after not fishing any matches for more than twenty years. I'm using most of the gear I used long, long ago and am considered an 'antiques connoisseur'. Actually I am, to an extend.Anybody else had a large break from match fishing and decided to take the plunge back into it?
What did you use for top kits mate? I'm all into a bit of second hand bargains, the fish never seem to care either way, new or abused.Last year I decided to join club competitions after not fishing any matches for more than twenty years. I'm using most of the gear I used long, long ago and am considered an 'antiques connoisseur'. Actually I am, to an extend.
I bought a second hand Spro pole because I didn't have anything over 10 meters and got it at less than 100 quid. No kits, just the pole, but a decent one. Reasonably stiff and weighing a lot less than my older stuff. The seller told me the rod has been in the shed and never on the banks. Looking at the pole I believe him.
I also bought a second 11' feeder, although I still take the antique Shakespeare with me. The latter is a bit softer and I like it a lot.
On the second hand market everything which was top notch ten or twenty years ago can be had for next to nothing. So I got a Matchcraft platform with big detachable wheels (so it can double as a trolley) and a heavy duty feeder stand. These are still manufactured but you can now find stuff like that very cheap.
When I fished matches in the past I always ended up in the middle, or just a bit better. Since I returned to the game I still end around the middle so my ambition is to get one or two positions higher and this will keep me occupied for some time. First priority still is having an nice day of fishing while not embarassing myself too much.
Yeh ... three months every year!!!Anybody else had a large break from match fishing and decided to take the plunge back into it?
Yea that's key the social side. Problem I have with matches on rivers now is that are won with Barbel or a fluke big bream or two. Well round me anyway.I sadly lost interest in match fishing when all the rivers within sixty miles of me lost any sort of form,so match fishing drifted away from them,I fished a few matches in the time that passed,won a few,but nowadays any matches on our local rivers are usually pole dominated afairs,with anglers that don't understand or have the ability to fish stick or waggler properly,so the weights we see posted are often not as good as they could be from certain pegs,do I miss the competition,nah,not a bit,do I miss the social side,of course...